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Friday, May 12, 2017

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Against Stopping Gun Carriers For No Reason

The Indiana Supreme Court on Monday ruled that police officers can’t detain and question a person based only on a report that the individual has a gun—a win for those who lawfully carry concealed firearms in the Hoosier State.

According to a report at wibc.com, the state high court sided with an earlier decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals, which ruled that officers violated the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures when they detained and questioned Thomas Pinner after a taxi driver called 911 to report that Pinner had dropped a handgun when exiting a cab at a movie theater.

“The United States Supreme Court has previously declared that law enforcement may not arbitrarily detain an individual to ensure compliance with licensing and registration laws without particularized facts supporting an inference of illegal conduct,” stated the Supreme Court opinion. “In like fashion, we decline to endorse such behavior to ensure compliance with Indiana’s gun licensing laws.”